Pilots Report Drones Flying Near JFK Flight Path


Three pilots have reported unmanned drones flying too close to their jetliners as they approached Kennedy Airport this week, NBC 4 New York has learned.

On Wednesday afternoon, the pilot of JetBlue flight 842 from Savannah, Georgia, reported a drone flying at about 400 feet as the plane was on approach crossing from Nassau County into New York City, according to federal officials.

Earlier in the week, on Sunday, a pilot of Virgin Atlantic flight 9 from London reported a drone sighting near the 747, just after 8 p.m. The pilot said the drone was flying high, at about 3,000 feet, while the plane was flying over Nassau County on approach to Kennedy.

About a minute later, a pilot of Delta flight 838 arriving from San Diego reported a drone was flying too close to its left wing, though the drone never came into contact with the Boeing 737, according to the FAA. The plane was also over Nassau County at the time, about 10 miles out on approach to Kennedy Airport.
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Amherst Against Fracking Meeting

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Amherst Against Fracking (Amherst, NY) Meeting ~ 6 p.m.

The town of Amherst, NY must pass a local ban to safeguard our resources and health from the pollution and industrialization that fracking for natural gas brings to communities. Over 170 towns and cities across NY have stepped up to protect their residents from fracking, and now it’s time for the Amherst Town Board to do the same. A town-wide ban on fracking & fracking waste disposal (including road spreading) would protect residents from exposure to harmful chemicals, airborne carcinogens, contaminated water, increased municipal costs, and the list goes on. All Amherst and Amherst-area residents are encouraged to join this coordinating meeting to become part of the local movement against fracking.

NOTE: This meeting will be the last meeting of Amherst Against Fracking until January 2015.  The December meeting is cancelled due to lack of venue & the holiday season.

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Meteorologists Predict Record-Shattering Snowfall Coming Soon

Remember when I posted this back in September?

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Chances are you will hear a lot about El Niño in the next month or two. Meteorologists and weather science experts at the National Weather Service (NWS) say that there is a 99% chance that the we will start to see a massive cold-front sooner in the year than has ever happened, which will produce not just record-breaking snowfall, but according to Dr. Boris Scvediok, a doctor of global weather sciences, record shattering snow storms across the board, affecting the entire United States.

“For the sake of comparison to the past winter, lets say that your area received a total of twenty inches of accumulative snow for the season. Because this year the snowfall is predicted to start by the end of September or the beginning of October, you can expect to multiply that number by up to five, ten, maybe even twenty times in some areas. In the worst zones, you could see 50 times the amount of snow you’ve had in the past. This is the type of winter the American public needs to prepare for. Several meteorologists are saying not to buy into what the models are showing. I can tell you from forty years of scientific weather research, they are doing you a disservice,” Dr. Scvediok told the Associated Press on Friday. “The Northeast, Ohio Valley, and Midwestern states will definitely get hit the hardest.”

Edward F. Blankenbaker, Senior Administrator of Meteorologists, also told the media that this will be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of snowy winter.
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G20 Ends Abruptly as Obama Calls Putin a Jackass


ST. PETERSBURG (The Borowitz Report)—Hopes for a positive G20 summit crumbled today as President Obama blurted to Russia’s Vladimir Putin at a joint press appearance, “Everyone here thinks you’re a jackass.”

The press corps appeared stunned by the uncharacteristic outburst from Mr. Obama, who then unleashed a ten-minute tirade at the stone-faced Russian President.

“Look, I’m not just talking about Snowden and Syria,” Mr. Obama said. “What about Pussy Riot? What about your anti-gay laws? Total jackass moves, my friend.”

As Mr. Putin narrowed his eyes in frosty silence, Mr. Obama seemed to warm to his topic.

“If you think I’m the only one who feels this way, you’re kidding yourself,” Mr. Obama said, jabbing his finger in the direction of the Russian President’s face. “Ask Angela Merkel. Ask David Cameron. Ask the Turkish guy. Every last one of them thinks you’re a dick.”

Shortly after Mr. Obama’s volcanic performance, Mr. Putin released a terse official statement, reading, “I should be afraid of this skinny man? I wrestle bears.”

After one day of meetings, the G20 nations voted unanimously on a resolution that said maybe everyone should just go home.

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Erie County DPW Gears Up For Winter Weather, Plowing

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New Trucks, Additional Salt Fortify County’s Weather-Fighting Road Crews

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Public Works’  (“DPW”) Highways Division reports readiness to handle Mother Nature’s wintriest offerings this season with a force of 40 primary snow plows equipped and ready for action this weekend, with five new vehicles to be added to the fleet starting in the last week of November. The new arrivals are equipped with salters and plows, and four of the five are heavy-duty, tandem-axle trucks featuring all-wheel drive. Since 2011, the DPW has replaced fully 50% of the primary fleet of snow plowing vehicles.

“With the arrival of wintry weather, I want to remind residents that Erie County crews are fully equipped and already busy clearing snow in some areas of the County, particularly in the southern reaches,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.  “My administration takes public safety very seriously and understands the responsibility that comes with it when it comes to readiness, responsiveness, and reliability in keeping the roads clear. Many municipalities across Erie County are joining forces with us to keep county roads clear and residents safe this winter, and for those that are a part of the team, I say thank you for sharing our commitment to public safety. Just like last year, we are prepared for the worst that winter can ‘snow’ at us.”

The four new all-wheel drive trucks will be added to two already in Erie County’s snow removal fleet. These trucks are essential for operations in the hill country and in southern Erie County where snows are typically heavier. In addition, these trucks can be used throughout the year, rather than the “winter-only” all-wheel drive vehicles purchased in years past. A new high lift was also purchased along with the five new trucks, bringing the total investment in snow-removal equipment to nearly $1.4 million.

In response to a colder-than-normal winter in 2013-14, DPW has also built up its road salt stocks from a year ago. In 2014, 17,000 tons of salt were ordered but over 34,000 tons of salt were used throughout the winter due to harsh conditions. In 2015, DPW has 25,000 tons of salt available for usage on area roadways, with plans to procure more should conditions warrant.

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On the Erie County Department of Public Works, visit http://www2.erie.gov/dpw/

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Buffalo Philharmonic to Present $15,000 to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

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BUFFALO, NY -The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will present a $15,000 check to the campaign for the new Oishei Children’s Hospital at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 17 at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.The donation reflects proceeds from ticket sales to the July 19 Doctors of the World performance at Kleinhans Music Hall.

This $15,000 is the start of an endowment that will help to build the foundation for bringing Buffalo’s culturals to the children and their families in the new Oishei Children’s Hospital. Music and the arts are integral tools for healing and respite, and it is the hope that they become a key element in the design and atmosphere of the new Oishei Children’s Hospital.

“We are overjoyed with the success of the Doctors of the World concert and are honored to accept this generous donation on behalf of Western New York’s children and all future patients of the Oishei Children’s Hospital,” said Allegra Jaros, President, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. “It’s extraordinary to see a local not-for-profit organization go above and beyond to raise funds for another not-for profit. The BPO is a remarkable community asset and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them for years to come.”

The July 19 Doctors of the World concert featured 40 doctor-musicians from England, Norway, South Africa, Taiwan, Denmark, Germany, Costa Rica, Japan, and across the United States performing Holst’s “The Planets;” Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide;” and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” together with the BPO. The collaboration was part of the global network of doctor-musicians who play together each year in different locations and raise money for local health organizations. This was the first time one of these performances has been done as a side-by-side concert with a professional orchestra.

“The musicians and I enjoyed working with the doctors who came to Buffalo this summer to present a successful and well-received concert,” said JoAnn Falletta, BPO Music Director. “Their enthusiasm and their spirit would have made the entire experience gratifying enough, but to be able to provide this support to Women & Children’s Hospital provides an even deeper meaning to that one special weekend in July.”

On November 17, BPO Music Director, JoAnn Falletta will present the $15,000 check to Allegra Jaros, WCHOB President. Also in attendance will be Daniel Hart, Executive Director of the BPO, Amy Habib Rittling, co-chair of the Oishei Children’s Hospital Campaign, WCHOB patients and their families who will benefit from this partnership and two BPO trombonists, Tim Smith and Jonathan Lombardo.

The partnership between the BPO and WCHOB continues on through the creation of a new program called BPOKids Exceptional Kids.  Through the sponsorship of Kaleida Health and the BPO, families with children benefiting from services and support groups at Women & Children’s Hospital are invited to attend five BPOKids concerts throughout the year.  These families are given the opportunity to enjoy a family outing in a supportive environment at Kleinhans Music Hall, including family friendly performances by the BPO and pre-concert activities sponsored by cultural partners such as Albright Knox Art Gallery, The Buffalo Zoo, Explore & More Children’s Museum and others.  More than 65 people participated in the first concert in October, and over 100 have registered for future concerts.

As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 29 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org.

The vision for the Oishei Children’s Hospital is to be recognized as the innovator, the highest quality, highest value provider and partner, and the regional referral center for women and children’s health care for Kaleida Health, in Western New York and beyond.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric, neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond. For more information, please go online at www.wchob.org.

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Republicans Demand Return of Passive Obama


WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Borowitz Report)—Congressional Republicans on Friday expressed outrage at the new leadership style that President Obama has demonstrated in the aftermath of the midterm elections, and demanded a return of the “passive and unassertive Obama to which we have grown accustomed.”


In a joint statement, House Speaker John Boehner and his counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accused Obama of “engaging in a flagrant display of leadership that we find deeply offensive.”

“For the past six years, we have enjoyed a President who has been conciliatory and acquiescent to the point of emasculation,” Boehner said. “We want that President back.”

McConnell threatened that if Obama does not return to his weak and ineffectual ways at once, “he will face the prospect of being a two-term President.”

At the White House, the President did not respond to the Republicans’ remarks, telling reporters that he planned to work through the weekend raising the minimum wage, granting amnesty to immigrants, and legalizing marijuana.

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Walter: We Must Override Cuono’s Veto of Veterans Bill

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Assemblyman Ray Walter calls on Assembly and Senate to convene a special session in order to override Gov. Cuomo’s veto of bill. 

            Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) is calling on the legislature to override Gov. Cuomo’s veto of veterans “peacetime” pension bill. The bill would have allowed our state’s veterans to purchase up to three years of pension service credit for time spent in the military. Walter is calling on both the Senate and Assembly to convene a Special Session in order to override the veto.

“This bill is meant to help the brave men and women make up for the time they lost at home protecting our freedoms,” said Walter. “It was passed unanimously in the Senate and all but one member voted for the bill in the Assembly. With such overwhelming support, there is absolutely no reason as to why we should just accept our Governor’s veto. I would gladly return to Albany before the years end in order to vote this into law.” 

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Letter to the Editor

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Disgraceful. Been away for a few weeks to get away from things, including my E-mails but now I am catching up on them. None the less, I’d love to hear Jerry’s thought processes for doing this. He should be made to account for his actions on this decision with both the ADC and registered Democrats. This could very well be his swan song in his leadership role with the ADC.

Sadly, instances like this abound everywhere and every day our real civil liberties and rights to privacy are evaporating right before our eyes. It is increasingly becoming more difficult to fight and right these things, unless you are wealthy enough to be able to do so and even the 2% Hell, lets make it the top 5%) come out on the short end sometimes. Or, you must give up your personal life to fight something that is just plain wrong. That, the average American should not have to do every stinking time to obtain decent representation.

To digress a bit, but still on message, I hope everyone takes a moment to read what’s going around concerning J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI letter asking Martin L. King to commit subside. We Americans, while doing many good things, have much to be ashamed of as well. I am aware that in general terms the personal facts concerning MLK are not a state secret. However, the uncovering of this letter written by the last person in the world who should make such statements given his personal life and disdain he held for the constitution while holding a position of such power and trust in our government is a classic example of what our government and one well placed person can do to us if we are not careful. It’s not a far stretch of the imagination for this type of person to crawl out of the woodwork again, given the  trend that is occurring with our government and government agencies be the federal, state, and local. We have our work cut out for us.

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